Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, N1215H: Accident occurred January 31, 2022 - New Providence Island, Bahamas

Federal Aviation Administration/ International Field Office; Miami, Florida

Aircraft experienced engine issues shortly after takeoff and attempted to return to Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport but crashed in the water.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club Inc


Date: 31-JAN-22
Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N1215H
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: NASSAU
State: NEW PROVIDENCE ISLAND
Country: BAHAMAS

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A pilot was rescued from waters off western New Providence yesterday after the small aircraft he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff from Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).

The pilot, a 32-year-old Bahamian, was taken to hospital for medical attention yesterday afternoon, though officials said he was in “overall good health”.

The Air Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA) said the Piper Cherokee N1215H departed LPIA around 10am and was en route to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport when the pilot advised of an engine failure.

He attempted to return to the airport, but crashed in waters approximately nine miles west of the island.

Responding Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) marines successfully rescued him sometime later.

The six-seater, single-engine aircraft is registered to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club Incorporated based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The club became the registered owner on November 9, 2021.

When contacted, Staniel Cay Yacht Club Proprietor David Hocher said he wished to respect the privacy of the Bahamian pilot, but noted that he had spoken to him and his family and was thankful that he was safe, though notably shaken from the incident.